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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Sep 27, 2004 0 comments

<B><I>Star Wars IV: A New Hope</I></B><BR>
<I>Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness. Directed by George Lucas. 123minutes. 1977 and 2004. </I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 30, 2004 0 comments

Of the several good test DVDs available for optimizing the audio and video performance of a home theater system, the best known are <I>Digital Video Essentials</I> and the <I>Avia Guide to Home Theater</I>. Either will guide a consumer, step by step if necessary, to get the most from his or her equipment, particularly the video. In fact, most serious videophiles probably own both DVDs, along with a copy of DVE's predecessor, <I>Video Essentials</I>.

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 22, 2004 0 comments

It's a new world. Though many of us lament the passing of the CRT as the premier video-display technology in most manufacturers' catalogs, that passing is happening rapidly. One of the favored alternatives is LCD, in both flat-panel and rear-projection designs. The latter, which use small LCD panels in conjunction with a projection lamp and optical path, are at present the more economical of the two&mdash;particularly in the larger screen sizes.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 22, 2004 0 comments

<I>Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Koyuki. Directed by Edward Zwick. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). Two discs. 154 minutes. 2003. Warner Home Video 28383. R. $29.95.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 15, 2004 0 comments

<I>Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger. Directed by Jim Sheridan. Aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (anamorphic), 4:3 (full screen). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround (Spanish, French). 105 minutes. 2002. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2221671. PG-13. $27.98.

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 15, 2004 0 comments

After a brief flirtation with LCoS, Thomson has chosen Texas Instruments' DLP for their high-end RCA Scenium line of rear-projection televisions. Even CRT fans must admit that DLP has some advantages. It usually produces a sharper, brighter image than any but the best, most expensive CRT designs. Big-screen DLP models are smaller and weigh less than their tube-based counterparts. And it's even possible to build DLP sets that are almost as shallow as plasmas. Thomson plans to introduce such thin DLP models this fall.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 08, 2004 0 comments

<I>Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround (French). Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 02543. $28.95.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 08, 2004 0 comments

NEC's HT1100 DLP projector is the follow-up model to the company's well-received HT1000, reviewed in the July/August 2003 SGHT (review available at www.UltimateAVmag.com). Based on an NEC business design but refitted for home-theater use and remarkably compact for the performance it provided, the HT1000 went on to become our Editor's Choice Gold Award winner for 2004 (SGHT, January 2004).

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 25, 2004 0 comments

<I>Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis. Directed by Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman. Aspect ratio: 1.77:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround 2.0 (English). 101 minutes. 2003. HBO Video 92031. R. $27.95.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 25, 2004 0 comments

The PE8700 DLP projector from BenQ has to qualify as the surprise product of early 2004. The first surprise is that it's made by a company I'd barely heard of before late last year. But with a claimed 13,000 employees worldwide, BenQ isn't exactly small. Its main corporate headquarters are in Taiwan, where the PE8700 is built.

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